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Boris Spassky vs Efim Geller
Spassky - Geller Candidates Semifinal (1965), Riga URS, rd 8, Jun-08
Sicilian Defense: Dragon. Modern Bc4 Variation (B35)  ·  1-0



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Jun-01-07  M.D. Wilson: 19. Nf5 is certainly playable.
Jul-24-07  M.D. Wilson: Well, I guess no one disagrees.
Oct-29-07  refutor: <19.Nf5 is certainly playable>

it probably is, but Spassky's is cleaner, particularly in the last round of a candidates match

Aug-08-11  Ulhumbrus: With 18...Qb7 Geller offers the d6 pawn whereupon after 19 Bxg7 Kxg7 20 hxg6 fxg6 Spassky takes the d6 pawn by 21 Qxd6 followed by the e5 pawn by 22 Qxe5 and then manages to exchange Queens and to win the ending.

One can only guess what Geller overlooked. Perhaps he forgot that after White removed his King's Bishop by Bxg7 it would become safer for White's Queen to take the e5 pawn following Qxd6. Otherwise on 19 Qxd6 Rfd8 20 Qxe5 Black would have had 20...Nxg4 followed by ...Nxh6

Aug-17-15  whiteshark: <19. Nf5 is certainly playable.> It's noteworthy that <20. Nf5!!> would have won almost on the spot, too, coz <20...Bxf5> (only reasonable move) <21.gxf5>

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and white could collect ♙d6/♙a6 if he's not already crushing through on the ♔-side...

Jan-25-16  jerseybob: <M.D. Wilson: 19. Nf5 is certainly playable.> Maybe, but with a big fat weakling on d6, why get fancy?

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